Being a copyeditor, I work with clients who range from inexperienced writers to those who have taken the time to study the art of writing, so I was pleased to be able to review Jack Woodville London’s A Novel Approach.
I’m always on the lookout for resources for writers that I can recommend. This book is now on such a list that I’ll be sharing with all of my clients, no matter where they fall on the writing spectrum. I especially appreciate the way that Mr. London shares memorable examples from literature to hit home the concepts of writing—which to me is what puts the “novel” in A Novel Approach. To me, it is what makes this resource stand above others and why I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by: Joyce Gilmour (2015)
Twenty-six chapters of the art of writing a book using the approach of a novelist, from how to approach writing as a serious writer, to research and planning, story arc, conflict, pacing, and organizing, to the meat of creating characters, writing scenes, and dealing in dialogue and point of view.